November 19, 2014
Howe Sound is one of the world’s most majestic outdoor playgrounds. An hour from Vancouver, orcas and dolphins arc alongside kayakers and commercial fishermen. Marine scientists study the unique underwater world. The Sea-to-Sky Highway `s breathtaking views are enjoyed by visitors from around the world.
This paradise continues to be under threat. Quick facts on Howe Sound
Fortis BC and Pacific Energy Corp. have entered into an agreement for FortisBC to conduct a feasibility study to determine whether or not the expansion of an existing gas pipeline is technically, environmentally, socially and economically feasible.
Find out more:
- Fortis Pipeline expansion
- Woodfibre LNG Project
- Environmental assessment process for Woodfibre LNG
- Read more from those opposed to the project in Squamish
On its own the proposed pipeline and LNG plant may seem a reasonable industrial undertaking in the area (albeit further cannibalizing any tourism or film and television industry efforts underway). The added secured exclusion zones, increased safety risks, degradation of air and water quality, large LNG tankers, pipeline and gas liquification plant will further the precedent that Howe Sound is an industrial zone rather than a planned developed area adjacent to Metro Vancouver.
The cumulative effects will compound to have a negative impact on the area, unchecked industrial development led to the environmental issues in Howe Sound in the first place. Its time for a plan we can all live with.
Be informed, participate in the process and write to elected officials. Help us save Howe Sound for future generations, lets work together to create a plan we can all live with, a plan that draws tourists and renewable industries into a rich, viable, sustainable region.
- What will be in the impact on the area permanently? What will change in the landscape?
- What areas of the Howe Sound will be off limits to the public?
- What is the worst case scenario in the event of an earthquake or gas leak?
- Is there sufficient emergency services to respond to an emergency?
- What would be the impact on air quality in our airshed?
- What impact will this have on our ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
- What will be the impacts of noise on the marine life, on the residents around Woodfibre?
- What will be the impact on property values?
- What will be the benefits to taxpayers? What will the legacy costs be?
- Will there be light at night?
- Will there be any noise?
Woodfibre LNG has produced a Community Consultation Guide which contains responses to some of these questions above.(Please forward any info, errors, omissions to email@example.com )